By: CJ Johnson | September 14, 2017 |

Playing Tip: Calling Lines

calling linesPlaying Tip: Calling Lines-Never in Doubt            

How would you like to hear your dentist say “I think that was the right tooth.” Or have your banker say “that check probably bounced.”

Pickleball is by its nature a very social game, which occasionally leads to less than authoritative line calls. As a player, it’s your job to call the lines. Don’t be afraid to call it out if that’s what you think.

When you make line calls, don’t be equivocal. “I think it was out” or “that’s probably long” or that serve “might be wide” doesn’t cut it.

If you believe a shot is out, say it loudly, clearly, and with conviction. Shout it “OUT.”

If you are not clear on calling lines, which are different from tennis, make sure to check out this previous post.

Bev writes a weekly email blast for our pickleball club. She delivers the rules with clarity and a sense of humor. If you have a rules question post it in the comments below.


CJ Johnson

Hey there — I’m a professional three-sport athlete and coach who has spent my entire adult life earning a living from playing and coaching sports. Since I started coaching more than three decades ago, one thing has remained the same: My commitment to see students not as they are but as what they can become and to move heaven and earth to help them realize their untapped potential. You should know that when it comes to helping pickleball players over 50 live their best lives on and off the courts, I'm an expert. Good pickleball is not just technique; it's the mind and body working holistically. That's why I'm also a personal trainer and weight management specialist. When I’m chillin', you'll find me watching Star Trek with my husband John and our two fur babies, Shirley and Ralph. (Yes, Happy Days)